Balzac

Impressions of the Summer Recounted in Autumn - Trip to Paris and Georgia

Takahiro Ueda, "Impressions of the Summer Written in Autumn: A Journey to Paris and Georgia" Articles - A Journey to Learn from Tolstoy and Dostoevsky

For approximately one month, from mid-August to mid-September 2022, I have been traveling around Europe, mainly in Georgia.

This trip visited France, Belgium, the Netherlands, and Georgia-Armenia.

Its main purpose was to see the Caucasus Mountains of northern Georgia to study Tolstoy and Dostoevsky.

This article will list all 31 articles. We hope you will use it as a table of contents for "Impressions of Summer in Autumn.

Impressions of the Summer Recounted in Autumn - Trip to Paris and Georgia

(16) Visiting Waterloo, the site of Napoleon's defeat - an ancient battlefield that Hugo went to great lengths to visit in order to complete his Remisée.

パリを出発した私が向かったのはベルギー国内にある古戦場ワーテルローの地。

ここは1815年にナポレオンが最終決戦の末に敗れ、彼の栄光に終止符が打たれた場所として知られています。

そしてここは『レ・ミゼラブル』を書き上げたユゴーにとっても非常に重要な場所でした。

この記事ではそんなナポレオンとユゴーのゆかりの地ワーテルローについてお話ししていきます。

Impressions of the Summer Recounted in Autumn - Trip to Paris and Georgia

(15) Why didn't Raskolnikov in "Crime and Punishment" become Rastignak in "Old Gorio"?

一週間ほど滞在したパリでの日程もいよいよ終わりを迎えます。

『秋に記す夏の印象』ということでドストエフスキーに倣って私の印象を述べていこうという趣向でありましたが、なかなかドストエフスキー本人についてのことはここまで多くは語れませんでした。

ドストエフスキー自身もパリの名所や芸術などについてはほとんど語りませんでしたが、パリ篇の最後はやはり彼について思ったことを書いていきたいと思います。
この記事のメインテーマは『罪と罰』の主人公ラスコーリニコフと、バルザックの『ゴリオ爺さん』の主人公ラスティニャックについてです。

Dostoevskyism

G. Lukács, "Tolstoy and Dostoyevsky" - "Dostoyevsky is a writer who gives questions, not answers."

The task of the literary writer is not to give answers, but to ask questions," said Lukács. He cited Dostoevsky as one of the most successful in this regard.

Indeed, Dostoevsky does not give us answers. He drags us into a complex and bizarre world, as if he were knocking the reader into chaos.

But that is also Dostoevsky's greatest appeal.

As mentioned in the translator's afterword, there may be some problems with the work, but I think that what is being discussed in this work provides a good opportunity to look at Dostoevsky from a different point of view.

Impressions of the Summer Recounted in Autumn - Trip to Paris and Georgia

(6) Tour of Paris and Balzac's places of interest: Boulogne Forest, Balzac's House, Pere Rachaise Cemetery.

This article will introduce the places associated with Balzac, the French literary giant famous for "Grandpa Goriot.

We will look in turn at the Boulogne Forest, which is significant in the novel, and Balzac's house and the Pere Lascheuse cemetery, where his grave is located.

It was especially satisfying to see his favorite walking stick and coffee pod at Balzac's house.

Impressions of the Summer Recounted in Autumn - Trip to Paris and Georgia

(5) Visit the Invalides where Napoleon's tomb is located - The more you know about Napoleon, the more charismatic he became.

After visiting the graves of Rousseau, Voltaire, Zola, and Hugo at the Panthéon, I headed to the Invalides. This is where Napoleon is buried.

Still, the imposing standing of the Invalides is enough to make one sigh. In a sense, such an architectural structure is Napoleon's tombstone. It reminds us of how huge a person Napoleon was.

In this article we will talk about Napoleon.

French Literature, History and Culture

Masakatsu Adachi, "Sanson the Executioner," model for Jojo Part 7 Gyro Zeppeli! Recommended work to learn about the life of Monsieur de Paris!

この作品は処刑人一族という運命を背負ったサンソン家の人間ドラマが描かれています。

処刑人というと、冷酷で血も涙もない野蛮なイメージを持ってしまうかもしれませんが、この本を読めばそのイメージはがらっと変わることになります。

当時、差別され周囲の人々から蔑みの目で見られるこの職業において、それでもなお一人の人間としていかに高潔に生きていくのかを問い続けたサンソン。

フランス革命の激流に巻き込まれながらも懸命に生き、究極の問題を問い続けたこの人物には驚くしかありません。

French Literature, History and Culture

Shigeru Kashima, "Girardin, King of Newspapers" A book recommended to learn about the birth of media journalism! What is the amazing life of the man who transformed the newspaper industry?

この作品はメディアの革命児ジラルダンの生涯を時代背景と共に見ていける名著です。

私達は日常メディア無しではいられないほどテレビや新聞、ネットの情報に囲まれていますが、その商業メディアというのは一体いつから始まったのか、そしてそれは何を意味するのだろうかということをこの本では学ぶことができます。一九世紀中頃のフランスを舞台にしたこの作品ですが現代社会を生きる私たちにも直結する内容がこの本で語られます。

これは名著中の名著間違いなし!ものすごく面白い本です!

French Literature, History and Culture

Balzac's "Disillusionment" Synopsis and Impressions - A naked expose of the inner workings of the media and publishing industry, where anything goes if it sells! A shocking work!

This is a remarkable work that exposes the realities of the French media and publishing industry in the mid-19th century. Balzac himself was in the publishing business, and he knows the ins and outs of the industry. In this work, Balzac's relentless criticism of the media unfolds. Of course, this is not mere criticism; it is also Balzac's heartrending wish. His wish for a world in which truly good things are properly appreciated is evident in this work.